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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

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Full Report

UFC 116 coverage

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges, UFC

FIGHT COVERAGE: In the run up to the UFC’s biggest heavyweight title fight in the company’s history, two questions surrounded the fight: Does Brock Lesnar have a chin and can Shane Carwin fight past the first round? The answer to the first question was yes. The answer to the second was no . . . Click here for more

POST-FIGHT: At UFC 100, Brock Lesnar (5-1, 4-1 UFC) celebrated his victory over Frank Mir by dissing the UFC’s biggest sponsor (strike 1), berating his still dazed opponent (strike 2) and flipping the bird to the crowd (strike 3) . . . Click here for more



July 4th, 2010



Announcement

Hopkins sets sights on Berto

This past Friday night, welterweight contender Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins looked dominant defending his WBC USNBC title, winning a unanimous decision over former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis. With the win, the Philadelphia native improved to 30-1-1, his second unanimous decision this year after moving up to the welterweight limit. Scores for Hopkins were 100-90 and 99-91 twice. (more…)



July 4th, 2010


Boxing News

Aztec Glove results

By Felipe Leon

In the third installment of Zanfer Promotions month long “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament held at Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium last Friday night, dark horse Jose Cayetano (6-0, 1 KO) not only stayed undefeated but advanced to the finals with a hard won eight round unanimous decision over Luis Gomez (3-2, 2 KOs), both of Tijuana. Cayetano controlled the first half of the fight with a frenetic pace of counter punching the open defense of Gomez. Gomez had his best round in the fifth when he landed short hooks to the chin of Cayetano while attacking the body of his opponent but without much luck. (more…)



July 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Schultz, Maridzo rematch

By Ron Jackson

The rematch between Mikey Schultz and Tineyi Maridzo for the WBO Africa super middleweight title will now take place on Thursday, July 8 at the Wembley Indoor Arena after it was postponed due to the challenger, Schultz contracting bronchitis. Schultz is out for revenge after Maridzo from Zimbabwe knocked him out in the first round when they met for the interim title in November. (more…)



July 4th, 2010

Boxing News

New fight videos available

Universum Box-Promotion, the only major promoter to release their entire fight library to the fans for free viewing, has placed four new fights from last night’s world title twinbill in Stuttgart on their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/UBPboxing. The new videos include the WBA Interim cruiserweight world championship between Firat Arslan and Steve Herelius, the WIBF/WBC/WBO female featherweight world championship between Ina Menzer and Jeannine Garside, plus the matches of super welterweight prospect Jack Culcay and cruiserweight prospect Rachim Tschachkijew.

Below is the end of Herelius-Arslan…

And here is the end of Garside-Menzer…



July 4th, 2010

Column

Ndou to defend IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Bongani Mwelase, 27, the current WBF junior middleweight champion will move down to welterweight to challenge the 38-year-old Lovemore Ndou for his IBO belt on September 18 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. The tournament will be presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions. (more…)



July 4th, 2010

Boxing Result

Matsuda, Sato keep OPBF belts

By Joe Koizumi

WBC#9/WBA#11 Naoki Matsuda (33-8-4, 13 KOs), 126, struggled to keep his OPBF featherweight belt as he showed his poorest form and timing in his career, but managed to outpunch aggressive but monotonous Korean champ Jungsuk Soh (10-9-1, 2 KOs), 125.5, en route to a unanimous nod (119-111, 116-110 and 115-114) over twelve dull rounds on Satuday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Also, OPBF middleweight titlist Koji Sato (17-1, 15 KOs), 160, retained his regional belt by dispatching Korean Inyoung Yoon (8-2, 3 KOs), 159.75, at 2:06 of the third round. Sato’s right to the temple was a haymaker, though Sato didn’t display his best form at all in the first two sessions.
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Ex-Olympian, WBC#13 flyweight Toshiyuki Igarashi (11-1-1, 9 KOs), 113, made short work of formerly world-rated Filipino Rexon Flores, 112.25, with a southpaw left uppercut to the liver at 1:46 in the opening session. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



July 4th, 2010

Feature Story

Q&A: Firat Arslan

"I'm hoping for a rematch!"

The comeback of 39-year-old former world champion Firat Arslan was unsuccessful after a two year break, however the Arslan Team attributes his eleventh round TKO loss to dehydration more than the punches of newly crowned WBA interim champion Stave Herelius. “That was bitter,” said trainer Michael Timm, “I’m sure that Firat would have won that fight on points.” Herelius started strong as expected, but Arslan was in command until suddenly running out of gas. Arslan spoke after spending the night in the hospital. (more…)



July 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Erik Morales Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former three-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales will defend his WBC welterweight International title against Willie Limond on September 11 in Mexico City or Tijuana. “I want to train hard and keep looking toward a world title opportunity,” said Morales. “But for that I must be one hundred percent. I will do everything I can to recover the lost time.” Erik’s father Jose “Olivaritos” Morales will be responsible for his training. Limond, from Glasgow, Scotland, is 33-2, the losses being to Amir Khan and Alex Arthur.



July 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Johnson, Jeffries clans in Reno

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The living decendants of James J. Jeffries and Jack Johnson, Gary Wurst and Linda Hayward, pose ringside at The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The families were enjoying the action ringside on fight night after the week-long celebration commemorating the battle on July 4, 1910. (more…)



July 4th, 2010

Boxing Result

Cazares retains title

WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares (32-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Everardo Morales (34-15-2, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. Cazares dominated the fight and floored the battered Morales in the seventh with a left hook. He beat the count but was unable to continue.
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WBC female super flyweight world champion Ana Maria Torres (21-3-2, 13 KOs) stopped overmatched Olga Julio (7-8-1, 3 KOs) in round four.



July 4th, 2010

UFC

Lesnar remains champ

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.

Living up to every ounce of hype prior to the bout, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar survived an early onslaught to submit challenger Shane Carwin in the second round with an arm triangle choke. In the opening period Carwin dropped Lesnar with a blasting uppercut and quickly pounced on the champion. For the next three minutes Carwin controlled from the top position and bloodied the champion. In the second round, Lesnar took the tired challenger to the mat and sunk in a tight arm-triangle. The tap came at 2:19.

In what could go down as one of the greatest finishes of the decade Chris “The Crippler” Leben submitted Japanese sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama via a tight triangle with only :20 seconds remaining in the fight. At the time of the submission, Leben was considerably behind in the fight. (more…)



July 4th, 2010

Boxing Result

Solis defeats Ortiz

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos by Laura De la Torre

In a clash of former world champions, Ulises ‘Archie’ Solis (31-2-2, 21 KOs) won a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over Eric Ortiz (31-11-3, 20 KOs) in a flyweight bout on Saturday night at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. Solis punctuated his victory with knockdowns in rounds nine and ten en route to a 98-89, 98-89, 99-88 score. Solis is rated #1 in the light flyweight division and is mandatory challenger. He previously had stopped Ortiz in nine back in 2006. For more details and photos click here…



July 3rd, 2010

Boxing Result

Herelius TKOs Arslan

Garside dethrones Menzer

By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova

Cruiserweight Steve Herelius (20-1-1, 11 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over comebacking former champion Firat Arslan (29-5-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant interim version of the WBA world title on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The lanky Herelius scored from long range with his southpaw jab, but as the bout progressed and he slowed down, Arslan’s pressure paid dividends. Arslan staggered Herelius in round seven and was one punch away from ending it as Herelius wobbled around the ring. Herelius was later deducted a point for a headbutt in round ten by referee Stanley Christodoulou. Arslan appeared to be on the way to a sure win, however after a Herelius uppercut in the eleventh, he suddenly seemed completely exhausted and barely made it back to his stool. The bout was then stopped by trainer Michael Timm between rounds. Arslan was immediately rushed to the hospital.
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Jeannine Garside (10-3-1, 4 KOs) overpowered previously unbeaten WIBF/WBC/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (26-1, 10 KOs) over ten rounds to seize Menzer’s three belts. Garside was strong and aggressive as she forced the fight against Menzer, flooring her in the final moments. Scores were 98-92, 96-94, 96-94. For more details and photos click here…



July 3rd, 2010

Full Report

Report/gallery: Hopkins-Arnaoutis

Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda

The effects of welterweight Demetrius Hopkins’ game plan in his ten-round bout on Friday night was evident by the redness on Mike Arnaoutis’ face. Unfortunately for Arnaoutis, it has been a recurring theme recent bouts . . . click here for more



July 3rd, 2010

UFC

Toney: “I’m not playing!”

Photo by Chris Cozzone

“I’m not playing,” former boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney says about his debut in the UFC, Aug. 28 at UFC 118, held at the TD Garden in Boston, against former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight Randy “The Natural” Couture. “These guys were afraid to come to my sport, so I’m coming to theirs.”

Toney hosted an informal brunch at MGM’s Wolfgang Puck’s today in Las Vegas to talk about his upcoming fight. “I’m the greatest fighter Couture’s ever fought,” he said. “And if he wants to stand up and fight, he’s gonna have a hell of a headache the next morning.”



July 3rd, 2010

UFC

The champ is back

UFC 116 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT!

Ask Brock Lesnar what he missed the most during a nearly one year layoff due to illness, and he fires back with a typically quick retort. “The paychecks.”

What follows next is a deep laugh that probably wasn’t heard too much in the Lesnar household after a bout with what was eventually discovered to be diverticulitis put the baddest man on the MMA planet in a hospital bed and threatened his career. But once he recovered and got back to the business of preparing to defend his heavyweight title, there was a new Brock Lesnar in town . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC



July 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Arslan-Herelius weigh-in video



July 3rd, 2010

Boxing Result

Hopkins defeats Arnaoutis

By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda

Welterweight Demetrius Hopkins (30-1-1, 11 KOs) pounded out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (23-5-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.

Unbeaten junior welterweight Joseph Elegele (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Willie Walton (4-2, 3 KOs). Elegele dropped Walton at the end of round two and got the stoppage at 1:37 of the next round.

Unbeaten junior welterweight KO artist Francisco Contreras (15-0, 13 KOs) hammerfed out a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz (7-4-3, 7 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74. For more details and photos click here…



July 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC Youth world champions Juan Antonio Rodriguez and Esmeralda Moreno are ready to defend Saturday against their Mexican compatriots Hugo Morales and Yesenia Martínez in the featured fights on the event billed as “Gala de Estrellas” presented by Boxeo de Gala.

Juan Antonio Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Hugo Morales 125.7
Emerald Moreno 108 vs. Yesenia Martínez 108
Daniel Estrada 134.6 vs. Juan Pablo Sánchez 134.6
Carlos Zárate Jr. 135.3 vs. Fernando Salazar 134.6
Cristian Esquivel 117.7 vs. Rodolfo Garay 116.6
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala and Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia
Venue: Gran Forum, DIstrito Federal
Click here for more photos…



July 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Reno

By Ramon Aranda
Photos by Laura De la Torre

Ulises “Archie” Solís 113.5 vs Eric Ortiz 113
Mark Melligan 147 vs Agnes Adjaho 146.5
Joey Gilbert 172 vs Billy Bailey 173
Francisco Vargas 130 vs Juan Sandoval 132
Carlos Gaytan 169 vs Alex Rivera 168
John Figueroa 137 vs Khadaphi Proctor 138
Venue: Grand Sierra Resort/Casino in Reno, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank & Lets Get It On
TV: FOX Sports Net; Fox Sports Espanol
Click here for more photos…



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Court: King wasn’t defamed

The Florida Court of Appeals has affirmed the 2008 decision of a Florida trial court judge who tossed out promoter Don King’s $2.5 billion libel suit against ESPN. The lawsuit said a 2004 biographic piece aired on ESPN unfairly portrayed King “by creating an inference and innuendo that Don King was dishonest and engaged in illegal activities, including physically endangering others in order to succeed in his profession.”

Decision of the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District: “After reviewing the summary judgment evidence and the arguments of counsel, we conclude that the trial court did not err in granting summary judgment on King’s defamation claim. ESPN did not act recklessly by relying on statements made by [Don] Elbaum and [Jack] Newfield. Moreover, although it exercised editorial discretion by creating a particular theme for its program, there is no evidence that it published the challenged statements with knowledge of their falsity or with any serious doubt as to their truth. Thus, King did not meet his burden of presenting record evidence sufficient to satisfy the trial court that a genuine issue of material fact exists which would allow a jury to find actual malice by clear and convincing evidence.”



July 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Lesnar, Carwin both 265

UFC 116 is LIVE on PPV July 3!

Weights by Anthony Springer, Jr.

From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised UFC 116:

For the UFC heavyweight championship:
Brock Lesnar 265 vs. Shane Carwin 265
Yoshihiro Akiyama 185 vs. Chris Leben 186
Stephan Bonnar 205 vs. Krzysztof Soszynski 205
Kurt Pellegrino 155 vs. George Sotiropoulos 156
Matt Brown 171 vs. Chris Lytle 170

Aired on Spike TV:
Brendan Schaub 238 vs. Chris Tuchscherer 255
Seth Petruzelli 205 vs. Ricardo Romero 206

Un-aired preliminaries:
Kendall Grove 184 vs. Goran Reljic 186
Dave Branch 185 vs. Gerald Harris 185
Forrest Petz 170 vs. Daniel Roberts 169
Jon Madsen 254 vs. Karlos Vemola 222



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

HBO dumps Klitschkos

HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg has again ripped the Klitschko brothers. IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) have both have previously fought on the network numerous times and routinely fill huge soccer stadiums when they fight, but Greenburg says there is no longer any interest in them from HBO. “I’m really souring on the heavyweights,” Greenburg was quoted as saying strangely on ESPN’s website, rather than that of his own network. “There doesn’t seem to be any interest in the U.S. and there doesn’t seem to be any heavyweights besides David Haye who would have any juice in challenging the Klitschkos. We’re out of the heavyweight division. We’re not playing in that sandbox right now. It doesn’t make any sense for us. The fights happen over there [in Europe], they’re on tape delay. There is just very little interest in this country.” Greenburg added that HBO definitely will not televise Wladimir Klitschko against unbeaten Teddy Atlas-trained Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs), nor Vitali Klitschko’s next fight unless the opponent is David Haye or Tomacz Adamek. Previously Greenburg had famously stated that the American public can’t tell which brother is which.



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Nongqai-Rosas July 31/Mexico

IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 6 KOs) of South Africa will look to go to 3-0 in Mexico as he defends his world title against mandatory challenger Alberto Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) of Mexico. The bout will take place July 31 in Tepic, Mexico. Nongqayi unanimously decisioned the Arce brothers Francisco and Jorge in consecutive bouts in 2009 in Mexico.



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Mendez headlines July 28

DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” returns to Broadway on Wednesday, July 28 at the BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City’s Times Square. Headlining will be junior lightweight Argenis Mendez (16-1, 9 KOs) against an opponent to be named. Also featured will be unbeaten junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (10-0, 0 KOs) vs TBA, unbeaten middlewight Willie Monroe (8-0, 2 KOs) against Loren Myers (7-8-1, 2 KOs), female flyweight Keisher McLeod-Wells (3-1, 1 KO) against Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow (4-1-3) and light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) versus Naseem Deen (2-2).



July 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Tlalnepantla

Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Hugo Cazares 115 vs Everardo Morales 114.6
(WBA super flyweight championship)
Ana María Torres 115 vs Olga Julio ??
(WBC female super flyweight championship)
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla, Mexico
Click here for more photos…



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Zaveck-Jackiewicz II Sept 4

IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (29-1, 17 KOs) of Slovenia will defend his title against mandatory challenger Rafael Jackiewicz (36-8-1, 18 KOs) of Poland on September 4 in Slovenia. The bout will be a rematch of their first encounter in 2008 where Jackiewicz won a split decision in Poland.



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Juanma-Concepcion Pre-Weigh-in

Video: Joel A. Colón



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Christodoulou to ref title bout

Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) will be the referee when First Arslan and Steve Herelius meet for the vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title on Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany. Judges are Stefano Carozza (Italy), Paul Thomas (UK) and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium). WBA supervisor is Jesper Jensen (Denmark).
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Daniel Van De Wiele (Belgium) will be the third man in the ring when WIBF/WBC/WBO female champion champion Ina Menzer takes on Jeannine Garside for featherweight bragging rights. Judges are Robert Tapper (Canada), Herbert Urich (Germany) and Andre Van Grotenbruel (Belgium). WIBF supervisor is Markus Aslani (Germany), WBC supervisor is Bob Logist (Belgium) and WBO supervisor is Jürgen Lutz (Germany)



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Raw Video: Fernando Montiel

Mexico City Presser for Montiel-Morel



July 2nd, 2010

Announcement

Train tough with Everlast



July 2nd, 2010

Feature Story

Leben takes on Akiyama

UFC 116 is LIVE on PPV July 3!

Story & photos by Anthony Springer, Jr.

Eleven days ago, Chris Leben was looking forward to a long break from the Octagon. This Saturday, he’ll co-headline UFC 116: Carwin vs. Lesnar.

After earning knockout of the night honors with a win over Aaron Simpson at The Ultimate Fighter 11 finale, Leben (20-6), 10-5 UFC) will replace the injured Wanderlei Silva in a bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1, 1-0 UFC) . . . click here for more



July 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

July 9 ShoBox telecast set

Welter Wars: Jones-Garcia/Smith-Tyner

With dreams of becoming the next great champion to come out of boxing-rich Philadelphia, welterweight prospect Mike Jones will face Irving Garcia in a 12-round main event bout on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
Jones, 27, puts his perfect 21-0 record (17 KOs) on the line against Puerto Rico’s Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs), a tough, aggressive brawler who ShoBox fans might remember for twice knocking down undefeated Carlos Abregu before eventually suffering a fourth round knockout in his last main event fight on May 1, 2009. In an exciting co-feature, promising, once-beaten Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) of Miami, Fla., will battle Houston’s Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight tussle. (more…)



July 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Stuttgart

Photo: Eroll Popova

Firat Arslan 199 vs. Steve Herelius 196
(WBA Interim cruiserweight championship)
Ina Menzer 126 vs. Jeannine Garside 125
(WIBF/WBC/WBO fenale featherweight championship)
Rachim Tschachkijew 199 vs. Lukasz Rusiewicz 199
Jack Culcay 155 vs. Omar Siala 155
Matt Zegan 138 vs. Araik Sachbazjan 136
Venue: Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, German
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany) Click here photos



July 2nd, 2010




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